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miracle in chile. after 69 days miracle in chile. after 69 days underground rescue crews pull the first of 33 trapped chilean miners to the surface. campaign cross-fire. candidates square off in heated debates as campaign 2010 winds to a close. >> i'm very happy you have a better notion of how to create jobs this week than you had last week. don't ask, don't tell, don't enforce. a federal judge orders the military to end its ban on openly gay troops. this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, october 13th, 2010. good morning. thanks for joining us.
i'm kendis gibson in for betty nguyen. we begin with the miracle in chile, the rescue of the 33 trapped miners trapped under ground for 69 days. the first miner was pulled to the surface in a narrow escape capsule just after midnight local time breathing fresh air for the first time in two months. the second rescued miner hugged just about everybody. mario ze pull ve today, re u nated with his family said he never had a doubt that he would be saved. half a mile below the surface, other miners awaited their turn. it takes about 20 minutes to hoist each miner to the surface. authorities hope to pull one miner to the surface every hour. chile's president said the faith of the trapped miners made the miracle possible. seth doane is in chile at the mine with more. >> reporter: it was an emotional and exciting night here in the shadow of the san jose mine and
the rescue operation is in full swing now. they want to extract roughly one miner every hour. so, if it continues to move ahead according to plan, it will last, these rescue operations will last, well through the next day and into the night. but, it has been so incredibly emotional. we were in the middle of camp hope, the area where miners' families have set up vigil for months, for weeks, waiting for word. and when that first miner stepped out of that cage, we were there as the crowd just erupted with joy. grown men hugging, crying, just tears of emotion. so incredibly well choreographed by the chilean government captured almost every angle on televisions that were broadcast not only around the nation and around nearby towns but around the mine, as well. the rescue operation, of course, is not over, but it appears to
be moving ahead as scheduled, as this dramatic story continues to unfold. seth doane, cbs news, at the san jose mine, chile. >> no one has ever been trapped underground for so long and lived to talk about it. officials are closely monitoring the miners' conditions as they reach the surface. one of the biggest concerns is a panic attack on the way up. the miners are wearing sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sudden glare of lights and have taken aspirin to prevent blood clots. psychiatrists will monitor the miners for months to come. it is expected to take as many as 36 hours to get all of the miners to the surface. the healthiest men were pulled out first in case something didn't work, they would best be able to cope. the last man out is expected to be luis urzua, the shift foreman, credited with helping the men make it through the first 17 days when they had no contact with the outside world. they were able to stretch 48
hours' worth of rations during all of that time. in this country, the fast-paced, homestretch towards next month's critical midterm elections both sides unleashed a blitz of advertisements. final candidate debates are taking place and today democrats are sending one of their heavy hitters on the road in an effort to energize party voters. good morning. >> good morning. you are absolutely right. it is really no surprise democrats are dispatching one of their most popular faces. in numeous polls, michelle obama's favorability number is much higher than president obama's job approval number. in some cases, by more than ten points. democrats about to unleash their secret weapon, first lady michelle obama will hit the campaign trail today for the first time since stumping for her husband in 2008, she will headline a fund-raiser in milwaukee for senator russ feingold, struggling in his re-election bid before heading to chicago. the first lady says she's fired
up and ready to hit the road and democrats are just as eager to have her. >> she should be deployed as much as possible and as much as she's willing and able to, to help the cause. >> reporter: all 435 house seats and 37 seats in the senate are up for grabs. control of congress will likely come down to who wins some key battleground states. at last night's senate debate in connecticut, republican hopeful and former wrestling executive linda mcmann squared off with democrat and state attorney general richard blumenthal. >> people create jobs. small businesses create jobs. government can provide the tools, but it also must take away the obstacles. >> i will say, mr. blumenthal, i'm very happy you have a better notion of how to create jobs this week than last week. >> reporter: jobs dominated ohio's senate debate where rob portman worked to keep his lead over democrat lee fisher. >> lieutenant governor fisher seems to want to talk about the one game, what a great job he's
done to win some competitions. the fact is ohio is losing ground. >> reporter: republicans appear to be gaining ground. a cbs news poll finds the gop is favored to win at least 25 of the 35 seats in the house now held by democrats. winning the senate appears more of a long shot but analysts say it's still doable. just because president obama's comments have become more heated towards republican candidates don't expect the same thing from mrs. obama. the first lady is expected to keep her message very specific, what the outcome of this election will mean for children. kendis? >> thank you. the california gubernatorial candidates also faced off last night in their final debate. republican meg whitman and democrat jerry brown jousted over jobs and taxes but things got heated when the mediator, tom brokaw, asked brown about an audio tape released last week in which the aide used the word "whore" discussing whitman.
he apologized but it didn't end there. >> -- that is a deeply offensive term to women. >> can i just interject. have you chasttized your chairman, pete wilson who called the congress "whores" to the public sector -- >> you know better than that, jerry, that's a completely different thing. the fact that you are defending your campaign -- >> polls show the candidates to be virtually tied with as many as one in five voters still undecided in that state. the obama administration is considering its next move after a federal judge ordered the military to immediately stop enforcing its ban on openly gay troops. the unprecedented ruling by a federal judge in california applies to the military worldwide and would end the 17-year don't ask, don't tell policy. president obama has backed efforts to repeal the law but cbs news chief legal correspondent jan crawford says it's likely the administration will appeal the ruling. >> gay rights groups obviously want the administration to let this decision stand but the
administration really would prefer that congress step in and repeal this law, not a federal judge. >> it's estimated since 1993 nearly 14,000 service members have been discharged when their sexual orientation became public. this morning, the attorneys general from 40 states are expected to announce a joint investigation into the mortgage industry. at issue is the legitimacy of the documents used to force millions of homeowners from their homes. some of the nation's largest mortgage lenders have admitted to slipshod paperwork in an effort to speed up the process. on the "cbs moneywatch" stocks in asia edged up this morning. ashley morrison is in new york with that and more. good morning. >> good morning. asian markets got a lift today on good news from japan's manufacturing sector. japan's nikkei inched up a fraction and hong kong's hang seng was also higher. today, wall street gets another round of earnings with jpmorgan chase among big names to report. tuesday stocks moved higher.
the dow added ten points while the nasdaq gained fifteen. the federal reserve appears close to announcing a new round of stimulus moves to help the economy recover. the minutes from last month's fed meeting indicate policymakeres are closing in on a consensus to buy government debt including treasury bonds. the fed's goal to keep interest rates low and hopefully get consumers and businesses to spend. if you run windows home or office software or use internet explorer, get the latest updates. microsoft posted its biggest ever software fix to patch a security hole that coop leave users vulnerable to a dangerous computer virus. the software giant says four of the patches have been given highest priority and need to be installed as soon as possible. free airline meals on continental are now a thing of the past. on tuesday, the airline, which recently merged with united began selling the food on all domestic flights under six hours. continental was the last major
carrier to serve meals free of charge. and those long lines at starbuck's are about to get even longer. according to the "wall street journal" employees at the coffee chain have been told to slow down and focus on no more than two drinks at a time instead of the whole batch. the new guidelines could double the amount of time it takes to make some of those drinks. the company says changes should enhance the starbuck's experience unless you're in a rush, i guess, then kind of a nightmare experience. >> that's why we go to starbuck's, to get a rush. thank you. just ahead on the morning news, a bizarre twist in the border lake shooting case. plus, a controversial drilling ban is lifted but concerns linger over the gulf's economic recovery. this is the "cbs morning news." the gulf's economic recovery. this is the "cbs morning news." ♪ ♪ and i feel like... [ female announcer ] kellogg's wants to make kids happy one tummy at a time. because 9 out of 10 kids don't get the fiber they need,
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>> somebody can drill only when they satisfy the government they have a process in place to deal with a worst-case scenario. >> reporter: for companies that do, by year's end, drilling could resume on some of the gulf's 36 deep-water rigs. independent engineers must certify every rig's blow-out preventer, the well's emergency cut-off, and each stage of the drilling process. there are new standards to cementing wells and the ceo the company responsible for the well is accountable, has to certify it meets all requirements. all were considered failings in this summer's bp disaster. marvin odoms, president of shell oil, half of its six deep-water rigs in the gulf need work to meet the new requirements. >> we should think of it as a safer system overall and get back to work. >> reporter: brian lambert put up his home for sale and out-of-work shallow water driller in deep financial trouble. >> my worries are that it will take years for us to get back on
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update now on our top story, the dramatic and ongoing rescue of the 33 trapped miners in chile. charlie, good morning. >> we've monitored this rescue operation all night from london. i can tell you after a few minor repairs on the capsule rescuers are now bringing up the sixth miner. one by one, miners are trading their underground chamber for the arms of their families. it's an emotional breakthrough that has captured chile and the world. he was the first to be freed. he hugged his tearful 7-year-old son and his wife. the second miner to emerge couldn't contain his excitement. he jokingly handed out souvenirs -- rocks, of course to rescuers. he led cheers. and embraced just about everyone he could get his hands on.
mario says he never thought he would die in the mine because he has so many more years to share with his family. chile's president said the faith of the trapped miners has moved mountains and made the miracle of their rescue possible. each miner to reach the surface in a specially designed rescue capsule brought new hope to those waiting. she can't wait to hug her uncle. she says you feel like crying, the happiness is huge. not everybody is as fit as the first few winched to freedom. some are suffering from hypertension, diabetes and respiratory infections. all of the men will receive medical treatment after spending more than two months 2,000 feet down. nobody has ever been trapped for that long underground and lived to tell about it. rescuers said it would take about 36 hours to get all the miners out if they stay at this pace, that time frame should hold. kendis? >> charlie, thank you. i'm kendis gibson.
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here's another look at this morning's top stories, rescue crews have begun pulling those 33 trapped chilean miners to the surface. the first miner reached the surface just after midnight local time. it's expected to take 36 hours to get all of the miners to the surface. and attorneys general from 40 states are expected to announce a joint investigation into the mortgage industry this morning. a military hearing for the accused fort hood shooter has been delayed. the major was in court tuesday. the hearing was stalled as the judge considers the defense's request for a postponement. hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in last november's shooting rampage.
one of the few people allowed into the hearing, a sketch artist, described his appearance. >> he's very, very pale, so pale his five o-clock shadow lost color. it was a light, light blue. >> victims in the attack are scheduled to face hasan the very first time when they testify. after the judge the judge will decide whether he should face court-martial, possibly the death penalty. meantime in washington the supreme court is considering a closely watched vaccine case that could potentially open the floodgates for thousands of other lawsuits. joel brown reports. >> reporter: the parents of 18-year-old hanna bruesewitz asked the supreme court to let them sue a major drug company. they say the company's vaccine left their daughter with life-long injuries. >> for the rest of her life, hanna bruesewitz is going to need care for -- in order to live her life. >> reporter: when hanna was six months old she was given a vaccine no longer sold. her parents say since then she's
suffered seizures and developmental problems. >> the disorder and disability she suffers from is incredibly difficult, it's expensive and there's no treatment for it. >> reporter: this case has the justices looking closely at what are called vaccine courts, lawmakers created that special legal system 24 years ago. it's the only way for people to bring lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers. congress set it up as a way to care for people injured by vaccines and to protect drug companies from most vaccine-related lawsuits. drug companies say they couldn't function without that protection. >> if manufacturers are to be driven out of business today, we'll see a resurgence of infectious diseases we've almost forgotten about in our time. >> reporter: drug makers also worry if the court lets this case go forward, it could open the door to thousands of lawsuits filed by parents claiming there's a link between vaccines and autism. but for the bruesewitz family,
this case is about one thing, forcing a drug company to make up for the damage they say it did to their daughter. joel brown, cbs news, the supreme court. >> that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. we thank you so much for joining us and hope you'll join us once again a little later on this morning for "the early show." i'm kendis gibson. morning for "the early show." i'm kendis gibson. have a great day! -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com